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The collaborative Masters in Applied Sustainability will train engineering students who are capable of creating positive change. As interest in sustainability increases, having the technical solutions is one thing and knowing how to implement them is also important. Born from an increased interest in making our planet more sustainable, this program is set to provide graduates who will be snapped up by the workforce.
When it comes to research funding and student success, the Biology department at Queen's is one of the strongest in Canada. Researchers explore topics ranging from biomathematics, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, ecology, to fisheries biology. Many of our faculty have been honoured with research awards and include members of the Royal Society of Canada and Canada Research Chair recipients.
The Biology Department has an array of state-of-the-art equipment including a microscopy suited featuring a laser scanning Zeiss confocal microscope, a phytotron facility for plant biology, DNA sequencing infrastructure, and a renowned Biological Field Station north of Kingston on Lake Opinicon.
Scientists and engineers have been doing biomedical research at Queen's for years - they just haven't always sold it that way to the rest of the world. "We have a long-standing history in biomedical research since the mid-1980s," explains Steve Waldman, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair with both the department of Chemical Engineering and the department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen's. "We were lamenting that we have been losing students to other schools - because although we engage in biomedical engineering research, it hasn't been marketed that way. So we did our homework. We started looking around at what kind of work we were doing here in mechanical, chemical and electrical engineering." In September of 2009, a brand new, collaborative program in biomedical engineering was born.
Significant breakthroughs in a myriad of cancer research fields, from cell biology to molecular medicine to psychology, continue emerging since Terry Fox started his run across the country in 1980. Though a "cure" remains elusive, an exciting new interdisciplinary approach to cancer research at Queen's University is already having positive impacts on the research community that will ultimately translate into better outcomes for people. The Collaborative Graduate Program in Cancer Research at Queen's provides a broader awareness of how many types of knowledge and skill contribute to cancer research. It also aims to educate students and future cancer researchers about alternative approaches to their own area of expertise to better understand then treat this complex disease.
It is the structural engineering research group in the Department of Civil Engineering that has your safety in mind. Focus is on rehabilitated and innovative structures in the built environment -- everything from buildings and bridges to other urban infrastructure. Research includes exploring how new materials (for example fibre-reinforced polymers) can be used to strengthen existing structures or build new structures, as well as how low carbon, renewable and local materials can be incorporated into more building projects. Group members are also interested in how structures behave under intense conditions such as fire or low temperature. The group's ultimate goal, however, is safety: figuring out, for example, how sensing technologies can be used to determine whether a bridge is going to collapse, and how wireless and fibre-optic technologies can be employed to better monitor a building's structural integrity, or how a wall constructed with straw reacts to humidity and low temperatures.
Understanding ‘modern society' may seem like an insurmountable task. But like any daunting challenge, what you really need to do is focus on the basics. Study in the Classics Department at Queen's University does just that, and can also lead to some intriguing new discoveries. Classical Studies, which includes the study of Greek and Roman civilization understood through archaeology, history, literature, drama, mythology, philosophy, science and ancient Greek and Latin, was one of the original subjects offered at Queen's when the institution first opened its doors in 1842.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Established in March 2009, the Queen's Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research (ePOWER) brings together academic and industrial researchers to develop a broad range of applications and expertise around energy and power electronics. They're working on everything from power transmission to alternative energy (things like fuel cells, solar power and wind power) to power consumption and power application-specific integrated circuits. The research being conducted at ePOWER is resulting in the development of new energy-efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly new technologies -- and that's helping to establish Queen's University as a world leader in fundamental and applied energy and power electronics research.
Doctoral candidates in the English department at Queen's all undertake a Special Topic Presentation as part of their degree requirements. Undertaken in the second year of study, the presentations require students to come up with their own extensive reading lists in their area of specialization. After a dedicated semester of work, that research then culminates in a presentation and discussion before an audience of faculty and students at the end of the academic year. The program, which is unique to Queen's, allows students to develop a broad, well-rounded approach to their research. It also gives them a solid base upon which to start writing their doctoral dissertations. This year's students are researching everything from the narratives of child soldiers to the role of cognitive psychology in the Middle Ages.
The Centre for Neuroscience Studies at Queen's has a MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) facility that is being used to study people ranging in age from 8 to 80. That's the widest range of MRI subjects anywhere in the world! An MRI is like a map that allows researchers to see how the brain and spinal cord work under specific conditions -- from reacting to changes in air temperature, for example, to concentrating on something specific, to the body in motion or in stillness. The results provide vital information for the study of things like aging and the impact of diseases like Alzheimer's, child and adolescent behavior, and the way the brain and spinal cord recover after significant injury or disease.
Professional Master of Industrial Relations
Academic credentials are more important than ever for aspiring professionals. But for many ambitious and accomplished individuals already in the workforce, the opportunity to pursue full-time graduate-level studies is out of reach for various reasons, including financial or familial obligations. As a recognized leader in graduate education and research in industrial relations and human resource management for decades, Queen's University launched a unique and innovative model of graduate education in September of 2010. The Professional Master of Industrial Relations (PMIR) program - the first of its kind in Canada - is designed for experienced professionals who wish to gain new skills and knowledge for career advancement without having to give up successful full-time employment.
Rehabilitation Science is the systematic study of disablement occurring as a transaction between the individual, community and society. Disablement is conceptualized as overlapping domains of pathophysiology, impairment, functional limitation and impacts on social participation. Over four million Canadians report a disability related to pain, reduced agility or lack of mobility. The research faculty within the School of Rehabilitation Therapy work in a number of key areas that inform basic, clinical and applied aspects of rehabilitation and rehabilitation service delivery and policy. Areas of research include Human Mobility and Motor Control across the Lifespan, Disability and Participation, Workplace Health and Accommodation, Moving Knowledge into Practise and Policy, and Health Professional Education. From Alice Aiken’s military and veterans’ health research to Heather Aldersey’s international community-based rehabilitation, the span of research is diverse and interdisciplinary.
The Religious Studies program at Queen's is the only program in Ontario to focus on religion and modernity. Dan Murray, a former student in the MA program, researched the spread of Daoism -- China's indigenous religion -- to Brazil. The aim of his research was to discover how religious groups negotiate questions of identity and authenticity when they cross ethnic and cultural boundaries. Dan was also interested in whether the adoption of Chinese traditions by non-Chinese Brazilians can help form a bridge between Western and Chinese cultures. Under the supervision of Religious Studies professor James Miller, Dan completed interviews with three Daoist groups in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
The Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) at Queen's is a leading global hub for research on expanding surveillance practices. Though most faculty and students hail from the sociology department, this multi-disciplinary field attracts scholars with backgrounds in things like communication, political studies, law and geography. Through collaborative and international projects, the SSC promotes a multi-disciplinary understanding of a full range of issues around surveillance. Engaged in everything from tracking trends and raising public awareness, to weighing in on ethics and influencing surveillance policies, the SSC is critically engaged in the growth of surveillance and surveillance societies internationally.
Students in the rigorous, two-year Master of Urban and Regional Planning program work with real clients on all sorts of real projects, both in Kingston and beyond. Queen's students have been involved in creating a new sustainability checklist that was adopted by the city of Kingston. They've helped develop a lake plan for the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, a 50-year master plan for the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, and a new sustainability community design plan for the City of Ottawa. A handful of students in the program also win international travel awards each year to further their research in places like China, Indonesia and Europe.